Remember: Easter didn’t happen in one day. It started at dawn with a few women and slowly unfolded. Next the disciples were stuck in a room for 50 days til Pentecost. Then Pentecost Easter started to be shared with the public. We have been unfurling Easter for the 2,000 years since. Every Sunday is a piece of Easter, Easter, the resurrection, the promise that Christ will return is still taking place today. Easter never was a one day event. That’s why Mark ends so abruptly, it was the beginning.
Can you hear Easter?
It’s ringing in the stilled bells, the empty chapels, creeping up with the quiet growth of spring
It’s on the lips of exhausted doctors and nurses—too tired to murmur
It’s in the silent wave between neighbors, keeping too far away to talk, but close enough for company
It’s in the silent hug between family members stuck together; where entire conversations flow through the body
It’s on the breath of the sick, in that place between waking and sleeping
It’s in the angel’s nod of greeting to the women, the absence of guards and the rolling away of the stone
If s a stone rolls away and nobody hears it; does it make a sound?
It booms like the rise thunderous sun, bedecked in glory, shining out the news wordless in its proclamation
Can you hear Easter?
Here we are Jesus, at our say nothing Easter.
And the truth is, I really don’t know what to say. An angel told us you’re alive, but what does that really mean?
Your angels are frightening God, full of life & death; we cannot fully understand who or what they are. We are blinded by the angels eyes, and need some holy shade to think. And we are not exactly filled with hope.
Where is Jesus? He promised to return, but here we are and Mark leaves us with a rolled back stone, one angel and bunch of women. Who would believe what they had to say anyway?
Would Peter and the disciples really hear what needed to be done?
This is a say nothing Easter, where we are alone with ourselves and think, what can we say.
What will you say?
Lent: Deconstructing Our Temples
March 1st First Last & Last First: Mark 10:17-31& Psalm 19:7-10 Deconstructing Order
March 8th Bartimaeus Healed: Mark 10:32-52 &Psalm 34:11-14 Deconstructing Power
March 15th Parable of the Tenants/Taxes and Caesar: Mark 12:1-12 [13-17] & Psalm 86:8-13 Deconstructing Time/Value/Work
March 22 Great Commandment: Mark 12:28-44 & Psalm 89:1-4 Deconstructing Rules
March 29 End of the Age: Mark 13:1-8, 24-37 & Psalm 102:12-17 Deconstructing Time
Holy Week: Rebuilding the Temple
April 5 Triumphal Entry/Anointing at Bethany/Palm Sunday: Mark 11:1-11; 14:3-9 & Psalm 118:25-29
April 9 Maundy Thursday/Lord’s Supper/Prayer in Gethsemane: Mark 14:22-42 & Psalm 116:12-19
April 10 Good Friday/Crucifixion: Mark 15:16-39 & Psalm 22:1-2, 14-21
April 12 Easter Sunday/Resurrection: Mark 16:1-8 & Psalm 118:21-27
Jan 12: Jesus Heals and Teachers-Mark 2:1-22, Psalm 103:6-14
Jan 19: Parables in Mark-Mark 4:1-34, Psalm 126
Jan 26: Jesus and the Gerasene Demon– Mark 5:1-20, Psalm 89:1-4
Feb 2: Jairus’ Daughter Healed-Mark 5:21-43, Psalm 131
Feb 9: Death of John the Baptist-Mark 6:1-29, Psalm 122
Feb 16th: What Defiles-Mark 7:1-23, Psalm 51:1-3, 6-7
Feb 23: Transfiguration-Mark 8:27-9:8, Psalm 27:1-4
Feb 26 Ash Weds Passion Prediction Mark: 9:30-37, Psalm 32:1-5 (order of worship/bulletin)
SERIES I: God of All Generations (with Psalms added)
SERIES II: Power & Prophecies
Series III: (Bridge Week) Prophecy & Power–>Waiting Advent (Thanksgiving USA)
Consider including the Magnificat for Josiah’s Reform or Advent 1 Luke 1:46-55
Note: Micah 4-5can also be used throughout Advent
Me: “Who does Westley (my 2yr old) say hi to?”
Me: In fact he’s quite militant about it. If you say hi once, you are doomed to continue to say hi to him all day!
Best synopsis of my sermon about welcome today. Text: Mark 9:30-37
30They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; 31for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” 32But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.
33Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” 34But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. 35He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” 36Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, 37“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”